Special admissions schemes
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants - domestic applicants only
- Rural origin applicants - domestic applicants only
- PhD or Master's by Research applicants
Double Degree Medicine - Undergraduate entry
Each year 5 places in the Science (Advanced)-Medicine or Medical Science-Medicine pathways are offered to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants who obtain a rank of 95 or higher.
Potential Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants are encouraged to contact the Indigenous Health Education Unit on +61 2 9036 7577 or contact Dr Lilon Bandler on: . The Unit is able to advise and support you through the application process.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants will be selected for interview if they satisfy the requirements of their bachelor degree at a pass level and if they reach the minimum acceptable levels of performance in GAMSAT as defined by Sydney Medical School and the Faculty of Dentistry. Applicants will also be expected to achieve a suitable level of performance at interview.
Aboriginality can be demonstrated by one of the following forms of proof of identity:
- a letter of support from a relevant community organisation such as a land council, legal or medical service or from ASPAA (Aboriginal Student and Parent Awareness Association)
- an affirmation/statutory declaration stating self-identification as an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander
Applicants MUST submit supporting document(s) at the time of application, otherwise applications will be processed as standard applications and not via the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Facilitated Entry scheme.
The Indigenous Health Education Unit is able to advise and support you through the application process. They can provide you with additional information about Sydney Medical Program, and about studying medicine.
Please contact the Indigenous Health Education Unit on (02) 9036 7859 with any questions of concerns
contact Dr Lilon Bandler on: .
Facilitated entry is available for applicants who certify that they are of rural origin. An applicant is defined to be of rural origin if he or she has lived in an ASGC-RA 2-5 area for at least five years since the beginning of primary school.
ASGC-RA refers to the Australian Standard Geographical Classification – Remoteness Area. The Remoteness Area classifications are:
- RA1 - Major cities of Australia
- RA2 - Inner regional Australia
- RA3 - Outer regional Australia
- RA4 - Remote Australia
- RA5 - Very remote Australia.
To determine if you are from an eligible area use the ASGC look-up tool.
Proof of Rural Origin
Applicants of rural origin will be required to sign a statutory declaration as the only acceptable proof of rural background.
You must upload the required statutory declaration, with other required documents, to Sydney Student at the time of application. If you do not upload the statutory declaration, your application will be processed as a standard application and you will not be treated as an applicant for the Rural Facilitated Entry scheme.
Refer to the Admissions Guide for further information about qualifying as a rural origin applicant.
For 2014 entry, applicants with a PhD or a Master’s degree by research* from a recognised institution whose GAMSAT results have met the minimum score of 50 in each section of the GAMSAT (see Admissions Test) will be deemed eligible for interview regardless of their undergraduate GPA.
In addition, applicants with a PhD by research will have 3 percentage points added to their total final score (determined by the Medical School). There will be no extra points for other types of doctorates or Masters degrees.
The PhD or Master's degree by research must have been conferred less than 10 years before 1 January of the year in which the applicant intends to commence the Medical Program (i.e. for 2014 entry, an applicant's PhD or Master's degree by research must not be conferred earlier than 1 January 2004).
*Some Master’s degrees by research or PhD may require a limited amount of coursework, however, the research component must comprise 2/3 or more of the overall course requirements. Proof of award must indicate that the degree met this requirement.
Future admissions cycles:
For 2015 and 2016 entry only, applicants with a PhD or a Master’s degree by research from a recognised institution whose GAMSAT results have met the minimum GAMSAT requirements applicable at the time of application (currently a minimum score of 50 in each section of the GAMSAT) will continue to be deemed eligible for interview regardless of their undergraduate GPA.
Note: The PhD or Master's degree by research must have been conferred less than 10 years before 1 January of the year in which the applicant intends to commence the Medical Program (i.e. for entry in 2015, an applicant's PhD or Masters degree by research must not be conferred earlier than 1 January 2005, or for entry in 2016, the applicant's PhD or Master's degree by research must have been conferred earlier than 1 January 2006).
Prospective applicants for the Medical Program who withdrew from a PhD or Master’s degree by research prior to the introduction of this transition arrangement are encouraged to resume their research degree if they wish to apply for admission to the Medical Program in 2014 (for entry in 2015) or in 2015 (for entry in 2016).
All prospective applicants are reminded that they must provide evidence that they have qualified for their PhD or Master’s degree by research at the time of application for admission to the Medical Program if they wish to be offered an interview on the basis of their research degree qualification.
From 2016 (for entry in 2017), applicants with a PhD or a Masters by research will no longer be deemed automatically eligible for interview.
Note: The policy of adding 3 percentage points to the total final score will be reviewed in 2015 (for entry in 2016), and is not expected to apply beyond that time.
Sydney Medical School regularly reviews the admission criteria and application processes for its courses, including the Medical Program. It reserves the right to change these criteria and processes without notice. Information on this website provides advice about the currently applicable criteria and processes, and may not be correct for future application periods.